Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

Purple Abyssinian Banana

(17 customer reviews)


Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ is a fast growing, very jungly plant also known as the Red Abyssinian banana. Though not hardy it can be grown outside duriing the summer months either planted out or in a large container. Often growing to over 1.50 metres tall in a single summer ‘Maurelii’ creates a stunning show with its brightly coloured paddle shaped leaves. Best brought inside for the winter or dug up and cut back hard and kept in a cool glasshouse. Also makes a beautiful conservatory or house plant.

*Please note plants may be cut back for delivery purposes – this poses no risk to the plant and new leaves will quickly devdelop**

  • Position:Full sun.
  • Soil:Moist, well-drained soil.
  • Eventual Size:Up to 5 metres.
  • Habit:Upright.
  • Foliage:Evergreen herbaceous perennial.
  • Common Names:Purple Abyssinian Banana.
  • Other names: Ensete ventricosum 'Rubrum', Ensete 'Maurelii', Ethiopian black banana
  • Hardiness:Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)

Eventual Plant Size

Please note all images are for illustrative purposes only, depending on the season or time of year the plant you receive may be different than pictured.

17 reviews for Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’

  1. johnbertram373 (verified owner)

    The Big Plant Nursery never disappoints .From the excellent quality of the plants ,price . wonderful customer service .
    They make a happy gardener even happier .
    Thanks again
    Cheers John

  2. email.rob (verified owner)

    Plants arrived next day well packaged and in great condition.
    Excellent service as others have stated, would definitley recommend

    Thank you

  3. deltawab (verified owner)

    Just received my Ensete today, I ordered it yesterday, I’m so happy, it’s a cute little thing, however I know how quickly it will grow! Thank you so much Big Plant Nursery!

  4. JOHN BERTRAM (verified owner)

    Very happy with the wonderful quality of plant . Customer care excellent .Already put new order in for more plants .
    Thanks again

  5. Paul Bentley (verified owner)

    received my Ensete today at a really good size and in good healthy lush growth. Hope to get it thru many winters to see it at its full glory :O) Easy speedy delivery as normal. Many thanks

  6. ckeccles (verified owner)

    Just received my maurelii great fast service as always good strong healthy plant I used the tell me when in stock service works a treat thank you big pant nursery 👍

  7. Shaun Cunningham (verified owner)

    Excellent service. Two banana plants arrived this morning and I was not disappointed. Both plants arrived in great shape, healthy and raring to go. Size exceeded my expectations. Thank you.

  8. Pete (verified owner)

    Two great plants and really well packed in box. Super quick delivery.
    Only registered my email to be notified two days before I was contacted.
    Oh and great price as well

  9. Steve Hulse (verified owner)

    Ordered 3 of these plants from different sources ,the one from Big Plant Nursery was by far the best. Healthy, well packaged and has grown considerably since delivery.

  10. Albert (verified owner)

    Another wonderful plant from Big plant , their packaging and delivery service really is amazing , arrived in perfect condition

  11. Ray Tunnicliff (verified owner)

    Thank you very much for your excellent service. Plants ordered and delivered in 4 days. Plants in excellent condition and well packaged. Will definitely order more.

  12. Steven Elmore (verified owner)

    Great service and delivery spot on…a big leaf was damaged but plant will recover no doubt. Very impressed overall…many thanks. Haribo rules!

  13. Christine Boyle (verified owner)

    Absolutely fantastic buying experience, and a fabulously happy, healthy plant to keep me company. The sweeties in the box was the icing on the cake. I will be back again and again.

  14. Neil watkins (verified owner)

    Beautiful plant and A star service yet again, I will be back for more.

  15. Bella (verified owner)

    Arrived beautifully and very well packaged, thank you

  16. Brian Vernon (verified owner)

    Super happy, beautiful plant

  17. Mark Sayer

    Very Good

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